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GPL License Controversy, Once More

Here at XDA we don't just value Open Source, we thrive on it. The fact that Android was openly distributed in its entirety was key for our community's growth, and without that particular development we would not be here now in this way.  We have over 6 million registered members, and we are visited by huge amounts...

Android 5.1 Details: What’s changed?

Android Lollipop is an impressive piece of software but it didn't arrive without its problems. The adoption process was slow, even for Nexus devices which for the first time got beaten by OEM phones in their own game of fast updates. Then there's the fact that the Nexus 6 that functioned as the insignia-device for the...

Cyber Threat Sharing: What’s in Store for 2015

The hack of Sony Entertainment last December did much more than help The Interview make $40+ million in digital sales; it renewed public interest in cyber security. Two months later and with a second major hack fresh on our minds (Anthem Insurance), American politicos and tech firms alike are gearing up to change the ways...

Four New Forums Added – Join the Development!

Today we bring you four new forums for all your XDA needs and pleasures. With an equal share of wearables and phones, we'd like to introduce you to this set of devices that you will be able to discuss or contribute towards on the site, starting today. First in line we've got the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6's forum,...

Samsung Dramatically Slashes Handset Prices in India

Samsung has been in a thick conundrum this past year, as the company has seen their profits stumble season after season, with the last quarter hitting a disappointing $4.87 billion in revenue when the year before they had a much stronger $7.7 billion figure in the same fourth quarter. Numerous news surrounding Samsung's imminent demise surfaced, many...

ColorOS Camera on OPO: Great Port, Great Option

Some lenses are better than others, and when it comes to hardware the difference can be quantified in a lab. As far as applications go, however, the story is a little different - you've got hundreds of options out there, be it on the Playstore, on our forums or whatever third-party resource you can find....

Guide: Best Watchfaces for Android Wear

When Google announced Android Wear early last year, the starter devices from LG and Motorola showed off exquisite watchfaces in their promotional content, creating as much hype for watchfaces as there was for apps of the new form factor. Come Google I/O when the first devices were made available to the public, developers and users everywhere were...

Making Your Lock Screen Work for You

Having the right lock screen is essential to how we experience our devices, as it is the first thing that we see when picking our phones up. We use lock screens for security purposes and for quick glances at notifications. But for something used so often, it is frequently overlooked. The Android lock screen is just as customizable as...

Xiaomi: The Tech Giant the Western World Never Sees

In 2014 Xiaomi (Pronounced Shao-Mi) sold 61.1 million smart phones, more than tripling on previous years. Now Xiaomi is the third largest smartphone vendor in the world. But oddly enough, if you approached the majority of people in the western world, they will never have heard of the company, or at the very least be...

The Paradox of Choice and Why OEMs Don’t Listen

I recently posted a recapitulation of every bit of information we gathered throughout the little "blowout" OnePlus had regarding their OxygenOS. XDA Senior Member Cerberus_tm pointed out that my article seemed overly positive, which was something I hadn't noticed up until that point. Through re-reading it under this light, I saw that he was correct indeed, and...

Xposed Framework for Android Lollipop is Here!

Xposed Framework needs no introduction to XDA readers. When asked about the things our community hates most about Lollipop, the single highest voted comment in the discussion was that it broke support for Xposed. In fact, many forum members have even refused to update to Lollipop specifically for this reason. But that all changes now, as...

Everything OxygenOS: What We Know, What to Expect

OnePlus has been a heated company filed under many controversies, but with many strengths and virtues that turned them - and their product - into one of the biggest buzz-filled and talked-about entities of the mobile world in 2014. Their debut with the OnePlus One "flagship killer" was met with a lot of conversation surrounding not...